In our fast paced society, it’s normal to be moving from place to place or rushing from deadline to deadline. However, the current trend is all about appreciating the finer things in life and taking life at a slower speed! What better way to explain it then with the new food trend that embraces our culture and our roots, Slow Food. If this is the first time that you’ve heard about it don’t worry, you’re not the only one. No, it’s not food that takes forever to be prepared, the correct definition is ‘food that is produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions, typically using high-quality locally sourced ingredients’.
Let us break it down for you.
1. Instead of going for fast food, we embrace the fact that it’s better to grow and prepare our own food. This way, we reduce the chances of damaging our health, society and cultural food traditions. Start by looking for family recipes that have been passed through generations, a dish that’s a must-have at every family dinner. That’s the dish you need to learn.
2. Next look for ingredients, nothing genetically modified because pesticides and fungicides are harmful. Best if you buy them organically, from a farmers market, or if you think you have a green thumb, grow them on your own. The outcome of your food will be enough to make you happy from the inside out.
3. Share your home cooked food, because the saying ‘sharing is caring’ really should have a second part to it that goes something like this – ‘sharing is caring, and caring is loving’. Pay it forward people, you’ll feel good about it.
4. Cook with your kids and pack healthy lunches. You get to spend quality time with your kids, and you get to eat healthier than food grabbed from coffee shops or restaurants.
Slow food is about appreciating the finer things in life, the culture, the time taken, the effort, and the thought that went into preparing that one dish. Somewhat of a revelation, a difference in pace compared to what we are used to in our day to day comings and goings.